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Local Councils can do more to address the challenges of climate change through the planning system argues Pavlos Eleftheriadis, a barrister specialising in public, planning and EU law. At an interview for LexisPSL Environment and Tracey Clarkson-Donnelly Eleftheriadis outlined some of the ways in which councils can take more effective action. When asked how can local authorities most effectively...
Planning permission has been granted for a new golf course in the Green Belt at Barnet, London.  The proposed course designed by one of the world's leading golf course designers, Dye Designs, is proposed to be built and operated to international standards, The London Borough of Barnet had refused planning permission for the new golf course on the principal ground that it represented inappropriate...
The Planning Court (Dove J) has dismissed a judicial review claim brought by the Ramblers’ Association in challenge to a PROW Inspector’s refusal to confirm a modification order to add a footpath to the Definitive Map and Statement, and to allow also for the closure of an ‘on the level’ railway crossing (Nottingham-Lincoln line) operated by Network Rail Infrastructure Limited. The Court accepted...
An appeal concerning the redevelopment of Fulham Town Hall, a Grade II* listed building, has been dismissed. The Appellant proposed a retail arcade and apartments in the former town hall opposite Fulham Broadway Underground station. The Inspector found that the  appeal scheme’s impact on the fabric of the interiors, its intactness, and its historic interest would be at the upper end of the...
The Upper Tribunal has this week handed down judgment in Celsa Steel (UK) Limited v Webb (Valuation Officer) [2017] UKUT 0133, dismissing Celsa Steel’s appeal in respect of its liability for non-domestic rates. The decision, which upholds the decision of the Valuation Officer, is an interesting example of the application of stage 5 of the contractor’s basis of valuation. Celsa Steel appealed in...
The High Court has decided what the judge described as a “small but important point” regarding the proper approach to the demolition of walls in Conservation Areas in Barton v SSCLG [2017] EWHC 573 (Admin). The alteration of a gate or wall in a Conservation Area is permitted development, but the demolition of such structures is not permitted. The appellant had removed part of a wall in the Bath...
Francis Taylor Building is delighted with Planning magazine’s Planning Law Survey 2017.  With 14 silks and 14 juniors named in the survey, Francis Taylor Building’s barristers remain counsel of choice for many.  This includes top ratings for Michael Humphries QC as the leading infrastructure barrister and for Rebecca Clutten as the most respected barrister under the age of 35. Top rated silks are...
FTB is delighted to announce that Saira Kabir Sheikh QC has been selected for a Lawyer Monthly – Women in Law 2017 Award in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of Planning & Environmental law.  Saira has been identified and honoured for a Women in Law 2017 Award following her achievements over the last 18 months. Saira was also selected for...
Sarah Sackman will be speaking at 6pm tonight alongside David Hart QC, Richard Buxton and Rebekah Read to the HRLA on “How to be an Environmental Lawyer”. Speakers will discuss the relationship of environmental and human rights law and the implications of Brexit on issues from climate change to habitats protection. The event is hosted by Leigh Day with a limited number of places still available...
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has confirmed the compulsory purchase order made by it in respect of the Aberfeldy Estate, Poplar. The CPO is required to bring forward the land needed for the regeneration of the Estate, including the delivery of more than 1,200 new homes by the Council's partner, Poplar HARCA. Power to confirm the CPO was returned to Tower Hamlets after it was able to secure...

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